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When The Fancier Dies What Becomes Of The Strain?

 

A strain lives when the fancier is alive. He has created a dynasty of related birds via progeny testing and inbreeding to produce birds of distinct hereditary characteristics-like peas in a pod as it were. After his death attempts may be made to purify the strain in others hands. It does not happen, due to the impact of fresh conditions including new management in new surroundings-the effect on the genotype and phenotype! In the end the old, true bloodlines will evolve with outbreeding under new management. Most fanciers outbreed their birds on a constant basis, producing mongrels. It is happening to my strain of 42 years right now. When you buy a pigeon you leave the man with the specialist knowledge behind. The corollary is that Jan Aaardens/Stichelbauts etc. do not exist today, names now used for personal and commercial reasons, and for historical reference only.

 

Beliefs

Many people in the world   hold beliefs that are solid and central in the psyche.  An intellectual or psychologist may analyse beliefs for origin, content and meaning. The belief may centre on the notion of external Gods or beings that are purported to exist throughout the world or cosmos. These entities may reflect a culture, civilisation -even aliens, or spacemen are believed in that inhabit other universes and dimensions. Beliefs can be important to human emotions, feelings and brain function I think. At 70 years of age, and with introspective insight, my self-belief has served me well, as it inspires confidence. I wonder if non-human lifeforms, which are sentient generate belief systems.

 

Jim Emerton